The U.N. Security Council called off negotiations on a resolution on the killing of Palestinians in Jerusalem following a nightlong debate that apparently drew non-aligned countries closer to supporting a British-drafted document.
U.N. spokesman Francois Giuliani said the council president, British Ambassador David Hannay, planned more negotiations among the council's 15 member states Friday.Hannay met with Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar Thursday to discuss various efforts to break the stalemate between the council's five permanent members and the non-aligned, including Arab nations, Giuliani said.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Margaret Tutwiler said the United States was negotiating from the British text, which was an indication of progress because all sides were working from one document.
Tutwiler said Secretary of State James Baker talked in the past 24 hours to foreign ministers Eduard Shevardnadze of the Soviet Union, Roland Dumas of France and Gianni de Michelis of Italy on events in Jerusalem. She did not elaborate.
The only common position among Security Council members, including the United States, since Monday's events at the Temple Mount's Western Wall in Jerusalem has been to condemn the killing of at least 21 Palestinians.
The two sides disagreed on how to carry out the inquiry into the killing.
Non-aligned countries and the United States have proposed in separate resolutions to condemn the killing. The non-aligned wanted a three-member Security Council team to investigate, while Washington proposed that the inquiry be completed by an envoy of Perez de Cuellar.
Both sides have met for long hours every night since Monday to work out a compromise.
Diplomats said the non-aligned countries have dropped their own resolution and had began to discuss and amend the British text, which sought to condemn the "acts of violence" by Israeli forces.